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North America's original and most dynamic contemporary lighting showroom.
Award-Winning Staff of Certified Lighting Consultants.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to distribute the finest contemporary lighting from around the world. We will showcase the collection locally at our Chicago showroom, and nationally on our website. All imported fixtures will be tested to national standards. We will provide an easy-to-use Project Manager Specification tool for trade, have no barriers to the sale, conduct business on the web at the speed of thought, and have a knowledgeable sales staff. We will provide value to our customers through product quality, aesthetics, technology, price, deliverability and customer service.

The Early Days

Lightology is the fruit of over two decades of labor and dreams on the part of its founder, Greg Kay. A Detroit native, Kay had an interest in design from an early age. He completed his training as a master electrician in the 1970s, and soon spotted an entrepreneurial niche in the cultural climate of the day, as a roller disco lighting specialist. This business quickly flourished across the Midwest, and before long Kay was approached by his main competitor, Paul Gregory of LiteLab. Gregory, famous for designing the dance floor in the film "Saturday Night Fever," showed Kay some finer points of aesthetic design, beginning a partnership that would last for years. A big change came in 1983, when Kay attended the first Lightfair convention. There, he saw that low-voltage halogen lighting was appearing in clean, contemporary fixture designs. He knew that he had found a special opportunity: to combine his technical savvy with his appreciation for sleek, modern lines by creating a company to meet these new lighting demands.

Birth of an Institution

In 1983, Kay opened Tech Lighting in Chicago's River North gallery district. It was the city's first all-contemporary lighting showroom, and was a hit from the start. At first, Tech was solely a distributor of fixtures from Europe, most of which were not yet UL-listed for American use, and so had to be modified. An even bigger challenge: existing U. S. electrical codes did not accommodate the new low-voltage systems. Kay was instrumental in updating those codes at the local and national levels, a change that opened the way for Tech to begin manufacturing their own designs. Once Kay partnered with former LiteLab engineer Wally Hepkema in 1988, Tech Lighting established itself as a major presence in contemporary lighting. The Tech line now includes elegant low-voltage halogen systems such as Kable Lite, TwinRail, MonoRail, and Free Jack. "We had only 1,500 square feet," Kay recalls,"but it was our showroom, warehouse and world headquarters! It was an exciting time. People just packed the place." Demand for the new Tech products was so great and so rapid that before long 800 other showrooms signed on as distributors - for 10 years Kay spent the bulk of his energy overseeing the manufacturing side of the business. Tech Lighting was a success by any measure, but Kay had other dreams. He surprised many in 2001 by selling Tech in order to focus on his biggest project to date: the creation of Lightology, the finest contemporary lighting showroom in the world.

Design Acclaim

Lightology is the product of the combined skills and expertise of its staff. Company founder Greg Kay has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Edwin F. Guth Award of Excellence in Lighting Design (1988), the IESNA International Illumination Design Award of Merit (1997), the Chicago Lighting Institute Award of Merit for Lighting Excellence (1994), the ASID-Illinois Design Excellence Award for "Stratus" Wall Grazer (2008) and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award for Johnny and Wishbone KableLite fixtures (1992). In addition, all Sales Consultants are expert in their field, with most possessing Lighting Specialist certification from the American Lighting Association.

State of the Art Showroom

Lightology's base is a 20,000-square-foot showroom designed from the ground up to be the premier showcase for contemporary lighting in North America. Visitors encounter a stunning, glass-enclosed, three-story modern space that flows around a central atrium with product-filled catwalks and permanent exhibits on light color, temperature and the history of electric lighting. In December 2001, the first floor of Lightology opened to the public. Already the largest U.S. distributor of high-quality contemporary lighting, the building's four floors are now completely developed to serve the specialty needs of architects, designers, contractors and other professionals. Topping things off is a lush roof garden, providing dramatic city views in a stunning setting for meetings and events.

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— Karen K

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— Anna W.